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Kansas City Royals: Appreciating Ned Yost as Royals manager

May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost – Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Postseason Runs

The Kansas City Royals would go on that season to make the playoffs for the first time in 29 years. When the Royals finally had their dreams realized, they were almost quickly snatched away. Yost made the decision to bring Yordano Ventura out of the bullpen in that 2014 Wild Card game. This came with disastrous results.

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  • Yost thought the young fireballer would be able to come in and get a couple of quick outs. Instead, Ventura promptly gave up a three-run home run to put the Royals in a 7-3 hole. By doing so, it brought back the familiar Yosted phrase. This would not be the end for the Royals though. They would continue to battle and rally throughout the postseason culminating with a Game 7 loss in the World Series.

    The following year saw Yost lead the Royals to their first American League Central title and the first division title for the franchise since 1985. The Royals also rallied time and time again in the postseason to make it back to the World Series.

    On the brink of elimination in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros, the Royals again would rise to the occasion. In Game 6 of the ALCS, the Royals found magic again, rallying to beat the Blue Jays after a rain delay.

    During the World Series itself, the boys in blue would need to rally more than once late in games. A team without good leadership doesn’t make those kinds of runs. All the struggles and calls for firing finally paid off when the Royals hoisted the 2015 World Series trophy.